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Pelosi Defiant on Obamacare 'False Promises'

House Minority Leader refuses to apologize for false promises over Obamacare, stands by passing bill first and 'then find out what's in it.'
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/18/2013, 9:24 AM

Nancy Pelosi Defends Obamacare on MSNBC
Nancy Pelosi Defends Obamacare on MSNBC
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US President Barack Obama's health care reform is receiving criticism as promises of health care plan choice are proving to be false. Amid a growing lack of public confidence in Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her part refuses to apologize for her false promises on the reform.

Pelosi appeared on MSNBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, where host David Gregory questioned her about the health care reform, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."

During the interview Gregory showed a clip from 2009 in which Pelosi promised that people who like their current health care plan would be able to keep it, a pledge almost identical to Obama's highly criticized false promise.

Obama has since apologized, but Pelosi refused to do so.

While she argued that the promises referred to plans before Obamacare was pushed through in 2010, the Washington Free Beacon notes that Obama since reiterated the promise of health care choice in 2012 and as late as October 2013

Gregory showed another clip, this one of Pelosi's much criticized comment that Obamacare needs to be passed first and that then the public will "find out what's in it."

While Gregory posited that the rush to push the bill through caused many foreseeable problems, Pelosi stood by her comments and once again promoted forcing the bill through, stating her belief that people would accept it once it was law.

Obama's handling of the healthcare reforms led to a government shutdown being declared in early October, as Republicans charged that Obama has been refusing to negotiate on Obamacare.

Meanwhile a recent TV ad raised doubts as to whether Obama can be trusted on any issue, such as preventing a nuclear Iran, after giving false promises on health care.

Indeed, reports from sources in Congress suggest that Obama has been easing sanctions on Iran for the last 5 months without Congressional approval.

Pelosi has gotten into hot water in the past over other comments, such as in July when she said Jewish voters were "being exploited" by Republicans who, to her words, were using Israel as a means of gaining their support. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called her comments "patronizing" and "insulting."